2008 Volkswagen Eos Interior
The interior of the Eos is stylish, though somewhat cramped in the back seats when the hardtop is up. "The Eos is billed as a two-plus-two but the 'two' in back had better be children or very small adults (and not claustrophobic)," explains Newsday before concluding, "Mostly, the upscale interior is as functional as it is beautiful."
The four-passenger cabin "is more attractively designed and better put together than those of some cars we've driven with sticker prices twice as much," finds Kelley Blue Book. Car and Driver agrees, writing, "The interior is impressively striking, easily one-upping the current like-priced competition." The only downside is the lack of room for rear-seat passengers and cargo. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman reports, "As with most convertibles, there's a premium on space, both in the 'back seat,' which is really suitable only for kids, and in the trunk, which is largely given over to stowing the roof."
The cabin seats just four, with the back seat lacking a middle seat. The AutoMedia.com, the "Eos seats four adults, with a little negotiation between front and back passengers. And if only two are aboard, there's enough legroom for a pair of basketball players." The says, "You can put four adults inside the Eos but the back-seat residents will not enjoy getting in and out."thinks this is a good thing, writing, "Thankfully, VW designed the car for just four. Even then, those two in the back seats might feel cramped. Trying to cram in three folks would have been criminal." As it is, explains
About.com says, "The Eos treats front passengers well." Most reviewers agree. "When you've got a seat that draws praise from small- and large-build adults for its comfort and support, you know you're onto something," says Autobytel. "Despite the varying sizes of our editors and the beefy bolsters that served to limit the seats' width, the front buckets in our Eos allowed each staffer to find a suitable driving position." Cars.com reports the "Eos' interior has ample adjustments, including seat height for the driver and lumbar for both front seats (manual or powered, depending on the trim level)."
The small back seat is less accommodating. "There's not really enough room back there to carry adults, not if you like them anyway, but the rear easily fits two child seats and a picnic basket," finds Edmunds. The says the back row "is also cramped and virtually unsuitable for adults on longer trips." The New York Times claims, "Two adults can survive the back seat, assuming that those in front are considerate enough to move forward a bit. It also helps if you are less than 5-foot-10." With the top down, things are a bit less cramped. Cars.com says, "With unlimited top-down headroom, even an adult might be happy."
Cars.com states that the "Eos offers VW's storied interior design and materials quality, and this is where the Eos sees the most changes for 2008." Reviewers continue to note that leather is now standard on the steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle, adding that, "Finally, a power 12-way driver's seat is newly standard for 2008. Turbo models also gain the option of heated front seats."
Yet, U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman reports, "There are some features that are usually standard on cars in the $30,000-and-up category that you won't find on the Eos, like automatic headlamps and steering-wheel controls for the radio." MSN, however, finds "All Eos trim levels are pretty well-equipped."
Stereo and Entertainment
The Eos' standard stereo gets high marks from reviewers for its sound quality, but not everyone is a fan of its design. CNET reports, "The stereo system produced above-average audio quality from its eight speakers, even keeping the sound full under roofless conditions. Audio sources include Sirius satellite radio and a six-CD changer mounted longitudinally under the center armrest." Newsday says that having the CD in the armrest results in "a shortage of center console storage," and also complains of an "annoying requirement that the driver promise Volkswagen's lawyers every time the car is started not to allow the radio to distract from driving. The driver who refuses to promise by pressing the 'I accept' button will be prohibited from changing the radio station." Other reviewers also dislike this feature. About.com calls it "a major annoyance." An optional "DynAudio" sound system adds two speakers and more power. Kelley Blue Book asserts, "The optional 10-speaker, 600-watt audio system produces a full, natural sound that's among the best we've heard."
Reviewers aren't terribly impressed by the optional navigation system available on the Eos. CNET claims that "click knobs and many contextual keys make operation relatively intuitive," but "a touch-sensitive screen would have been better," and deems processing speed "subpar, with noticeable delays in route calculations and map adjustments." Autobytel writes, "C'mon people -- even the 2008 Saturn Vue we've got in the office this week has a touch-screen nav system," adding, "At least the VW's setup is easy to use, offers a high-resolution map, and includes a clearly-marked button for switching between day and night brightness settings." About.com complains that the system "lacks a touch screen, only shows major street names and is slow to program," and recommends that buyers, "Skip it and buy an aftermarket system instead."
The Eos has 6.6 cubic feet of trunk space when the retractable hardtop is down and 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space when the hardtop is up. Car and Driver explains, "Hardtop convertibles almost always shrink trunk space more than softtops do when the roof is stowed. So vacation trippers hoping for simultaneous sun and luggage schlepping probably want a softtop or should resign themselves to hauling bags in the rear seat." Edmunds looks on the bright side, writing, "Any trunk space in a convertible -- especially a hardtop convertible -- is a joy. So we were pleased with the 10.5 cubic feet with the top up and 6.6 cubes with the top stowed. We often used the rear seat as an extra storage area for our gear." BusinessWeek suggests, "In good weather you can always put the top down and stow bulky objects in the rear seat. There's also a pass-through from the trunk to the rear seats for skis."
In the trunk, says About.com, "A solid divider, which moves out of the way for easier loading, makes it plainly obvious how much real estate belongs to cargo and how much belongs to the roof. If you pack too much the divider won't snap into place and the roof won't lower." In the cabin, asserts Autobytel, storage space is "adequate, yet hardly abundant. Included are ample door pockets, a rubber-lined and covered slot forward of the shifter, a small card slot below the center armrest, and a spacious, damped, and lockable glovebox."